is it legal to fire someone for working for a specific company?

I currently work for a security firm part time. the Business partners have split and there are now 2 new companies. Partner 1 has said if you work for Partner 2 then you can't work for him. However you can work for other security companies and still work for partner 1. is this legal since no non compete has ever been signed?

1 answer  |  asked Jun 18, 2014 12:40 PM [EST]  |  applies to Pennsylvania

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Harold Goldner
Courts in Pennsylvania generally frown on non-compete agreements and here there is no such agreement at all, so it would be impossible to "enforce" a non-compete agreement that doesn't exist.

It should be noted, however, that your former employer (that is, whichever one you elect to be "former") may be able to prevent you from using "trade secrets" acquired during your prior employment. You should check with an employment lawyer about your specific plans before you commit yourself to any path.

posted by Harold Goldner  |  Jun 18, 2014 12:46 PM [EST]

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